5 Things To Know This Morning

Your look at the five biggest and most buzz-worthy stories of the morning.

1. Severe Weather Hits the East Coast

Six tornado watches were issued on Tuesday from the Carolinas to New York. Although no tornadoes were confirmed, winds reached over 60 miles per hour in some areas. Up to eight inches of rain fell in eastern Pennsylvania.

2. Chicago Teachers, Students Head Back to School

Chicago students are heading back to school after the first teachers strike there in 25 years was suspended Tuesday. Teachers still have not officially signed off on a new deal after a week and a half of bitter disagreements.

3. Jimmy Carter's Grandson Helped Leak Romney Videos

Former President Jimmy Carter's grandson told Anderson Cooper Tuesday night that he helped leak the footage of Mitt Romney speaking at a private fund-raiser in May. James Carter IV did not say who shot the video with a hidden camera but said he convinced that person to give the tape to Mother Jones magazine.

4. Poll Shows Obama, Romney Still Essentially Tied

The latest Gallup daily tracking poll shows President Obama and Mitt Romney in essentially the same position they were in during the weeks leading up to the Democratic and Republican National Conventions with Obama at 47 percent and Romney at 46. At one point the president took the lead by seven points, but six days later the difference was just one point apart.

5. American Airlines Plans to Over 4,000 Layoffs

American Airlines plans to lay off more than 11,000 employees, though the company expects job losses to be closer to about 4,400. Notices went out to employees as the company goes through a bankruptcy restructuring.